Mountain Hardwear

Photo shows a purple Mountain Hardwear backpack.

Photo courtesy of Mountain Hardwear.

Mountain Hardwear, founded in 1993, is a prominent maker of outdoor gear for climbers, mountaineers and athletes.

The company claims its expedition tents have summited more of the world’s highest peaks than any other brand.

Mountain Hardwear's first sponsored athlete, Ed Viesturs, who was the first American to climb all fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, assisted in early product development. 

More recently, two other Mountain Hardwear athletes, twins Nungshi and Tashi Malik became the first Indian women, and the first siblings, to complete the most challenging exploration feat in the world, the Explorer’s Grand Slam, which includes climbing all of the Seven Summits and skiing to both the North and South Poles.

Based in Richmond, California, Mountain Hardwear distributes its gear through stores in more than 30 companies worldwide. Mountain Hardwear was purchased by Columbia Sportswear in 2003 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary.

Columbia Sportswear Company was founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, and is the umbrella company for SOREL and prAna, in addition to Mountain Hardwear.